A brand-new surgery technology only approved by the FDA this year is already making its way into top hospitals around the country. Brain surgeons at New York’s Mt. Sinai hospital are among the first to use this technology through the company Surgical Theater. Surgical Theater is an Israeli-American establishment founded by Air Force veterans that has created a computerized surgery rehearsal system.
Right now, surgeons look at CT scans before an operation, and have to transform the flat, static, black-and-white image into a realistic copy in their head. It is time consuming and leaves room for error, no matter how experienced the surgeon. Thankfully, the Surgery Rehearsal Platform is helping to change things.
The technology is said to resemble a flight simulator, and allows surgeons to practice difficult procedures. It transforms MRIs and CT scans into immersive simulations, and the surgeons use scalpel-like controllers to prepare for brain surgery. It helps to reduce both the cost and time, which in turn helps to improve patient outcome. The product also employs telesurgery technology that allows surgeons to guide medical staff through surgeries from a distance.
This is a very important step in the medical community, and it helps to reassure patients. Brain surgery is a complex process, and it is seen as a comfort to many patients to know that their doctors will have had quite a bit of practice before they are put under the knife. The rehearsal technology will reduce risk and guarantee improved patient care, which neurosurgery chair Joshua B. Bederson says has been a long-time mission.
Though it is only used by a few hospitals right now, the Surgery Rehearsal Platform is catching on, and as it does it serves as an improvement to dangerous medical procedures, and the lives of patients.
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